Charlie O’Donnell delivers his keynote on day-one at the inaugural Brooklyn Tech Week. Charlie has been an active member of the NYC startup community for over a decade. Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.
The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in BrooklynCharlie O’Donnell is the sole Partner and Founder at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The fund makes seed and pre-seed investments and was the first venture firm located in Brooklyn–where he was born and raised. Brooklyn Bridge invested in the first rounds of Canary, The Wing, Orchard Platform, Tinybop, Hungryroot, Clubhouse, Ringly, and goTenna among others. Working in venture capital since 2001, he apprenticed his way through the asset class with analyst roles on the original Union Square Ventures team as well as at th
e General Motors pension fund–a long time limited partner in many top tier funds. At First Round Capital, he sourced the firm’s investments in Singleplatform (sold to Constant Contact) and GroupMe (sold to Skype). Charlie discovered GroupMe at the Techcrunch hackathon where the service had been built. He also sourced investments in Backupify (which was an idea he had tweeted to the founder, a friend of his), chloe + isabel, and Refinery29.
Charlie bikes to work, has done thirteen triathlons, four marathons, and started the kayaking program in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The longest he has consecutively been outside of the five boroughs of New York City is three weeks.